Phd Exhibition Red Deer – Anthropology Facets Within New Visualities


Photo Milan Kralj


Gallery FLU  – Belgrade – 6-15. March 2018.

The work of Belgrade-born artist Gordana Žikić explores the practices of Shamanism and Neo-Shamanism. Drawing from the beliefs, traditions, and cultures of various peoples, Žikić’s art attempts to re-contextualize traditional  Shamanistic rituals, performances, and objects according to modern-day use and life.

This re-contextualization is the basis for Neo-Shamanism, which allows contemporary practitioners from many parts of the world to piece together their own visions and spirituality outside of the confines of a village or tribe; a borderless endeavor that connects people, encourages perspective, and emphasizes the power of choice. For Žikić, the freedom allotted via Neo-Shamanism is a powerful tool that stokes creativity, and allows the artist to question, re-interpret, and act as a type of creative Shaman.

Žikić’s body of work focuses heavily on collecting and recycling found objects and materials such as hair, fur, shells, copper wire, feathers, and beads. These items are then transformed by Žikić into sacred objects using traditional and current artistic methods to reveal her perspective in regard to symbolism, spiritual mythology, and identity. Moreover, this transformation demonstrates how personal narratives intertwine, challenge, and mimic other international narratives.

Žikić identifies as both heiress to, and a participant in, a universal culture where she is able to juxtaposition old-word and present-day approaches to redefine how human beings continue to create meaning through the use of quotidian objects, original imagery, and by developing new, transcendent spaces.

Rachel Klipa, art historian



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Gordana Zikic is a visual artist from Belgrade, Serbia. She co-founded and runs an artist run residency in Serbia and is presently working toward her Ph.D. For her thesis exhibition, and in her work generally, Zikic explores themes of New Shamanism. As opposed to traditional Shamanism, those participating in New Shamanism do not have to be from an indigenous culture with Shamanistic ancestors. Instead, they can come to Shamanism in other ways. Zikic primarily investigates those Shamanistic practices involving rhythmic techniques such as hypnotic dancing or drumming. She acknowledges the chasm that exists between those practicing real Shamanism and those who have simply decided to be a Shaman. Zikic’s thesis installation will include magical objects collected over the years combined with small sculptures and wall drawings to create a temple atmosphere within the gallery. The narrative of her show combines personal mythology with those from cultures around the world. During her process, Zikic incorporates cat hair from her own pets in small sculptures and masks. A performative aspect in the form of photos and videos of the artist wearing some of her masks will perhaps combine with the masks themselves available for viewers to try on.


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I am professional artist and finally rented a studio after years of working in my kitchen. Now studio is great location and had fantastic potential to be used also as exhibition space, presentations, lectures, workshops. It is divided in two levels so I can keep my creative mess upstairs and use all downstairs area for exhibitions and also as small gift shop.
Since I run artist in residence and co founder of martial artist in residence here in Belgrade, Serbia, this is great to have studio to share with artists that are visiting and also to make them exhibitions at the end of the residency.

Another exhibition space in city like Belgrade is great for young artists to have more chance to present their work in and artist run space. I think there is much more potential in this space and I want it to be also as international cultural space, so foreigners living in Belgrade also have a place to gather and enjoy art and company with local artists. I got this idea for international space because I met some wonderful people when I was teaching drawing and jewelry classes for foreigners living in Belgrade. There is always need for space where people can meet new people, where they can count on that people will speak English, to spend time in artistic environment and supporting art, and you won’t believe this but to spend time in non smoking area (since its one of few here).

I am working on my art preparing exhibition for my Phd. It is practical so I need to make exhibition and also to write thesis. I am so exited to have studio to work on some new pieces of art and hoping to make some sculptures beside my drawings and paintings.

Also I am doing children’s illustrations, so far got one book published with a friend who wrote a story, and now I’m working on kids cookbook with illustrated recipes. And I’m making jewelry from variety of materials, now exploring new ideas to get pieces in bronze with painted enamel on top. I really hope this will soon come to reality because I believe it will look fantastic.

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